According to her lawyers, wife of Derek Chauvin, the fired police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, has filed for divorce.
“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” Kellie Chauvin’s attorneys said.
“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time,” they added.
For the uninitiated, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes while arresting him on Monday. Floyd became unresponsive during the arrest and was later pronounced dead.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced in a press conference on Friday afternoon. Chauvin and three other officers involved with the arrest were fired on Tuesday.
However, Floyd’s family later issued a statement, calling for more serious charges against Chauvin.